HKMDB Daily News

January 4, 2012

January 4, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 11:31 am

FBA: Cold Steel review

Routine, solidly made war drama with a professional cast.

CRI:  Zhao Wei Returns with ‘Love’

Huayi Brothers, the company producing the film, recently released a series of still photos featuring Zhao and a video clip of her dancing in sexy dresses.

CF: Promotional Song of “I Do” Released

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, the movie “I Do” revolves around a topic that’s always popular in modern society – how left-over women can find suitable husbands.

Theme songs of 12 Feng’s movies were divided into 10 distinct segments with the most memorable movie moments screened on site.

Poster for “All’s Well Ends Well 2012″, opening January 20

Kelly Chen

Sandra Ng

Lynn Hung

Yang Mi

Louis Koo, Kelly Chen

Donnie Yen (Sina)23

“Crazy Dinner” poster (Source)

The cast of “Crazy Dinner Engagement”, directed by Shang Jing (”My Favorite Swordsman”) attended a grand opening media event in Beijing yesterday. Opening January 23.

Huang Bo

Monica Mok

Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi), Huang Bo

Liu Hua

(Sina-gallery)2

The couple will be returning to the US to visit relatives after the New Year. The couple is rumoured to undergo a test to see if they are suitable for IVF procedure while they are there.

November 29, 2011

November 29, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: Shattered review

A microcosm of China past and present flows through Xu Tong’s intimate docu “Shattered,” in which the maverick indie filmmaker continues to refine his techniques and concerns shown in his previous “Wheat Harvest” and “Fortune Teller.”

CRI: Actress Zhao Wei to Make Directorial Debut

The film, provisionally entitled “To Our Youth That Is Fading Away”, will be an adaptation of the novel of the same name. It will tell the tale of a woman’s emotional struggle with two men whom she meets again many years after their on-campus love triangle.

CF: Vicky Zhao’s First Movie Project

Stanley Kwan will produce the movie. The film’s screenplay will be written by Li Qiang, whose 2005 film “Peacock” picked up a Silver Berlin Bear Award.

Based on the popular novel “To Our Youth that will Fade Away,” the story revolves around a girl named Zheng Wei, who becomes torn between two men; she is forced to make a decision to find her Mr. Right.

Cherrie Ying and actor Dong Dawei (Tong Dawei) are seen on the poster of the comedic road movie “Great Wall, My Love.”

(Sina)

Aarif Lee plays the role of a finance blog owner who places too many irons in the fire in return for first-hand financial information.

THR: Hong Kong Comedian Stephen Chow Voices Support in Chief Executive Election

‘Shaolin Soccer’ star sticks up for friend Henry Tang Ying-yen, one of two candidates for Hong Kong’s highest office.

The comic mastermind also had his own words of wisdom on the possible negative impact on public support for Tang after Tang was discovered to have engaged in extramarital liaisons.

Chow deadpanned, “We’re trying to elect a chief executive here, not to choose a boyfriend.” [Herman Cain might want to borrow this line.]

Chow’s unopposed election to one of 15 seats for the performing arts subsector on the next Hong Kong chief executive election committee came at the last minute on the day before the application closed, after original candidate, 1990s “Heavenly King” of the Hong Kong pop music scene and actor Leon Lai (Forever Enthralled), was found to be ineligible.

Lai’s disqualification to run as the representative of the election committee for the performing arts subsector had made a mockery of the whole election process of the next chief executive, which will be selected by a 1200-member committee – the singer-actor was not eligible as he was not even a registered voter.

After a slump of over a decade, Taiwan’s home- grown films are not only sweeping box offices at home but also winning awards and hit status overseas, thanks to a new cohort of filmmakers.

Director Chen Kaige is shooting his realistic Micro film “Search” in Ningbo of Zhejiang Province. Its scheduled release is in May of 2012. Chen will make three micro films before promoting them on the Internet.

Yao Di attending a launch ceremony in Sichuan for an 80’s-generation micro film (”Lost and Found”?)

Yao Di

Daniel Lee’s “White Vengeance” opens today in Hong Kong

Feng Shaofeng

Feng Shaofeng (Sina-slideshow)

Publicity stills for “Cold Steel’ featuring Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Opening Dec. 2

Peter Ho Yun-Tung (Sina)

The 32-year-old, who rose to fame as part of Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit, quit the group in June and is now channelling his time into acting, having starred in best selling flicks like 14 Blades and My Kingdom.

MSN: Cecilia Cheng and Lucas Tse hides from the paparazzi (Nov.26)

In other related news, the media speculated that Cecilia had allowed Lucas to skip school again, because the pair was spotted in Shanghai for the past few days. (Sina)

Lucas at the play center

(Xinhua)

American-Taiwanese singer-actor Peter Ho was recently detained by the customs at an airport in China because the customs officers found that he was carrying more than 100 boxes of condoms in his carry-on luggage

Happy 37th Birthday to Lin Chi-Ling today!

(Sina)

Last night, with Huang Xiaoming in Beijing attending a charity dinner (Sina)

Lin Chi-Ling earlier this month

(Sina)2

November 18, 2011

November 18, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: TVB contributes to HK film history

Rival broadcaster ATV handed over approximately 400 prints at its own ceremony in July 2010 with a promise to donate an additional 300 prints once censent had been obtainted from rights holders.

FBA: A Chinese Ghost Story review

Simply bigger and better, on most levels, than the famous 1987 version.

CF: Behind-the-scenes clip for “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D” Released

Produced by the Bona Film Group and directed by Tsui Hark, the makers of wuxia drama “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D” have released the first behind-the-scenes footage of the film. It exposes the production process of the special effects and some of the more important sets.

(Sina)2

Ma Liwen’s “A Big Deal” opens Dec. 2

Han Chae-Young, Chapman To and Blue Lan star in the fantasy-comedy (Sina)

Gillian Chung cancelled all upcoming promotional activities for “Nightmare”, opening Nov.25. Her agent said that Gillian was only a guest and not the leading actor so it is not really that important. “Nightmare” was originally scheduled for a Halloween release but then later postponed. Gillian was said to have been displeased with publicity photos featuring another actor that were released earlier during the Golden Roster Hundred Flowers Film Festival (GRHFF).

“Nightmare” cast at GRHFF (Sina)2

CF: Gonna Make him a Star

Wang Baoqiang stars as a fortuneteller in “Hello! Mr Tree” with Tan Zhuo.

After starring in “Blind Shaft”, Wang was chosen by Feng Xiaogang, one of China’s biggest directors, to play a role in “A World Without Thieves” (2003). His character was a teenage migrant worker with below-average intelligence but who has a kind heart. “I will never forget the moment I received the call from Feng,” said Wang. “It was so exciting knowing that I was going to star in a film of his.”

Having played so many similar roles - lovelorn, rural background, not too bright - Wang has been criticized for being a one-trick pony. “That’s why I consider “Hello! Mr Tree” as my ‘masterpiece’ right now,” said Wang. “I play a middle-aged bachelor who falls in love with a deaf girl. I am a ‘grown-up’ now, so I’m so glad the role has been acknowledged internationally.”

CF: ”Cold Steel” Holds Press Conference

Director David Wu was joined at the event by the writer of the original work, Li Xiaomin, a retired sniper, mtime.com reports. Adapted from the popular internet novel of the same name written by Li Xiaomin, the film tells the tale of how a young huntsman grows up to become a champion sniper. The film stars Peter Ho, Song Jia, Tony Leung, Mickey Ho and Guo Mingxiang.

CF: ‘Cold Steel’ to Compete at Palm Springs

Newly released poster for Miao Shu’s “Game of Assassins” (vide ”Assassin“) featuring Leung Kar-Yan

Wu Ma, Chen Kuan-Tai and Jiang Chao are also cast in this Ricky Lau-produced story of intrigue between rival kings.

Previously released poster (Sina)

CF: Li Bingbing to Be Awarded Female Star of the Year at CineAsia 2011

Apart from acting, Li is committed to environmental protection and charity issues. She serves as a goodwill ambassador for both the United Nations Environment Program and the World Wildlife Fund. She founded a charity called L.O.V.E in 2009, which is dedicated to various public welfare activities. Because of her charity work, the Chinese media has dubbed Li the “charity queen.”


CRI: Zhang Ziyi Graces ‘Harper’s Bazaar’

Tabloids suspect that 45 year-old actress Loletta Lee Lai-Chun is pregnant. Seen above with boyfriend and ex-husband director Calvin Poon.(Sina)


MSN: Nicholas Tse impersonated to drum publicity for Chinese company

The imposter attended a public event under the name of the Hong Kong actor

Despite announcing her pregnancy, Kelly did not mention the gender of the baby. However, a source close to the singer divulged that Kelly’s wish for a baby girl had come true.

MSN: Jay Chou claims he is not suitable for marriage

The Taiwanese singer feels that he has the mental age of a 20-year-old

Hannah Quinlivan to retire early

CNA: Jay Chou admits he likes strutting around naked at home

“Because it feels like I’m flying like an eagle, it’s really not bad,” said Chou with a laugh.

The actor toured Europe with his young wife for their anniversary, but did not pay his ex-wife and son a visit when he returned to Hong Kong

November 17, 2011

November 17, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

TVB hands over treasured films to Hong Kong Film Archive

To show its ardent support for the preservation of film heritage, TVB has handed over about 1,000 film titles from the 1930s to the 1990s to the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) for permanent preservation. About 60 per cent of these archival films are new to the HKFA and will consequently greatly enrich its collection.

Films to be handed over include the earliest Chinese film in TVB’s library, “Little Heroine” (1939), starring Hu Rongrong and Kung Chiu-hsia; and the earliest Hong Kong film in the library, “Female Spy 76″ (1947) starring Wu Lai-chu and Wang Hao. The eight films on the list of HKFA’s recommended “100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies” are: “Wong Fei-hung’s Whip that Smacks the Candle” (1949), “Wong Fei-hung Burns the Tyrants’ Lair” (1949), “Blood-stained Azaleas” (1951), “Mysterious Murderer” (1951) parts one and two, “Butterfly and Red Pear Blossom” (1959), “Father is Back” (1961) and “The Pregnant Maiden” (1968).

Mainland China’s first AIDS-related pic, “Love for Life” is an anemic mess, notwithstanding stars

CRI: Profitable Short Films

As short films are gaining popularity in China, many companies are starting to reap the benefit.

CF: Mou Girl to Cry More in New Movie - “The Allure of Tears”

A message adorns the bottom of the picture[poster], which states: “Love while we are still alive; Say farewell when we have no more time.” The movie revolves around three tragic but romantic love stories

CF: Final Trailer of “East Meets West 2011″

CF: Brainstorming in “White Vengeance”

Award-winning actors Zhang Hanyu and Anthony Wong appear in the still photos of the movie “White Vengeance.” The megastars portray Zhang Liang and Fan Zeng, two famous strategists in ancient China who served different masters. 

CF: Sexy Liu Yan Joins “Laughing and Crying Forbidden”

The mere mention of Liu Yan immediately conjures up images of the sexy host-turned-actress in her latest fantasy romance “The Mural” and upcoming project “Marry a Perfect Man.”

Now Liu is planning to take on an entirely different role in the comedy romance “Laughing and Crying Forbidden” in which she plays a realistic and candid young woman,

CF: Teng’s Pic Stays Strong in Box Office Performance

The cast and crew of the romance “Love Is Not Blind” held a “victory” celebration Tuesday in Beijing, after the film raked in 200 million yuan (US$31.5 million) in box office revenue,

CF: Mainland Box-office Chart in Week 46

Legendary East is a joint venture established by Legendary Pictures and its partner the Huayi Brothers Media Corp. in June this year, which aims to produce and distribute English-language movies that have the potential to be worldwide hits.

“Magic to Win” Beijing press conference yesterday

Edmond Wong, Wu Chun, Karena Ng, Wilson Yip, Raymond Wong, Yan Ni, Wu Jing, Tonny Jan

Karena Ng, Wilson Yip

Stop, in the name of love - Raymond Wong, Yan Ni, Wu Jing

Karena Ng likened to Emma Watson

“Magic to Win” MV - theme song “Love Spell”

(Sina)23

A series of posters for David Wu’s “Cold Steel” featuring Song Jia.

The film will be heading to the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2012.

Mickey He plays a sniper

(Sina)2

A peek at Milla Jovovich and Li Bingbing in Resident Evil 5 (Sina)

Li Bingbing demonstrates how she copes with the time difference between Toronto and Beijing.

CF: Andy Lau to Attend Golden Horse Awards

Kelly shared that she is currently filming All’s Well, Ends Well 2012, but had rejected 20 to 30 other jobs because of her pregnancy. The singer also declined job offers, which required her to take a plane

Kelly Chen

(Sina)

Huo Siyan shoots a batch of photos with a fresh new style for the cover of a fashion magazine.

CNA:  Kelvin Tong’s new film “Dance Dance Dragon” more than just a comedy

MSN: Lee Hom invites Shu Qi to his concert

It was rumoured that the Taiwanese singer invited the actress despite his mother’s disapproval

MSN: Chinese actor Ham Yu’s fans chide Selina Jen online

After the accident, it was widely rumoured that Ham had helped Selina escape the fire. Other versions said that the actor had rushed into the burning set to save Selina. Thus, Ham’s fans had since blamed Selina for their idol’s injuries and some had even called her ungrateful.

CNA: Jay Chou to develop social gaming site with tech company?

Apart from being a shareholder of Ucan Technology, a company which is developing a 3D interactive social networking cum gaming website, Chou will be the website’s cultural ambassador for the next two years.

November 8, 2011

November 8, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Ricky Hui passed away tonight

Sam, Ricky Hui in concert

Hong Kong media is reporting that Ricky Hui died of a heart attack Tuesday night. He was found by an assistant at home lying in bed and not breathing. Ricky Hui was 65 years old. He joined the Shaw Brothers actors training course in 1971 along with his brothers. (Sina), 2

TimeOutHK: Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale I review

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s ‘Flowers of War’ to Open in US

CF:  Final Posters of “East Meets West 2011″

CF: ”Dear Enemy” to Compete with “The Flowers of War”

Set against the backdrop of a business environment, “Dear Enemies” tells the story of a separated couple who become bitter enemies as they enter into war over the issue of company acquisition. A promotional trailer for the movie was released at the press conference.

Xu Jinglei at the press conference (Sina)2

Director David Wu’s latest sniper-themed film “Cold Steel” has had its new still photos released recently. The stills feature actor Peter Ho and actress Song Jia. In the film, they portray a couple of love birds.

Directed by Zhang Yang and starring Xu Huanshan, Wu Tianming and Li Bin, the film “One Flew over the Retirement Home” (”Fei Yue Lao Ren Yuan”) is currently being filmed in Tianjin. On Saturday, the film’s production team released a collection of still shots featuring mainland actor Chen Kun who makes a guest appearance as a doctor in the film.

CRI: Gao Xiaosong Released after 6 Months in Jail

Whilst serving time in the jail, Gao also wrote the theme song “Like a Dream” for his film “My Kingdom” which was released in September.

“Painted Skin 2″ poster released at the AFM features Zhou Xun (Sina)

Sun Zhou’s “Yes, I Do” held a film wrap press conference with cast members Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing and Duan Yihong. The film is due for a Lunar New Year release.

Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing, Duan Yihong

Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing, director Sun Zhou, Duan Yihong

Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing, Duan Yihong, Mi Qi (Sina-gallery)

THR: Michelle Yeoh Garners Praise at AFI Fest for ‘The Lady’ (Video)

The actress talks to THR about her life, career and dream opportunity to play and meet Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

CF: A Lack of 3D Technology in China’s Film Industry

The fever for 3D movies spread quickly throughout the worlds’ film industries. Production companies were keen to cash in on high returns, and China’s growing film market was no different.

China’s ’soft power’ push stumbles at the movies

Mainstream Chinese films all need government approval for release, and there is a marked absence of movies that tell revealing, gritty tales set in the present day.

Bai Baihe, the star of the latest romance movie “Love is Not Blind”, poses for a new photo shoot in black and white to promote the film.

Fan Bingbing dons Versace for H&M collection at a fashion event in Beijing on Monday

Vicki Zhao to make directorial debut

Edison’s ex-girlfriend speaks

Edison’s rumored ex-girlfriend, Gloria Wong, scolded him bluntly for his fetish obsessions and revealed that Edison had asked her to wear a pink lingerie set to pose for some photographs while they were dating.

She was discovered when she was just 14 years old.

“TVB was considering that she has many good friends, such as Veronica Yip and Chingmy Yau. These former sex goddess have left showbiz and it would have been a talking point to have them on the show but…”

MSN: Selina Jen has yet to register her marriage

MSN: Eason Chan collaborates with daughter on new album

William Hung has joined the Los Angeles Police Dept as a technical crime analyst after graduating from college. He became a sensation after appearing on American Idol and later appeared with Nancy Sit in “Where is Mama’s Boy?”

November 4, 2011

November 4, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Variety: Beijing Besieged by Waste

Photographer Wang Jiu-liang transfers his documentation of Beijing’s garbage dumps onto the bigscreen in this eye-opening docu.

NYTimes: Gang-Busting Cop Is One for the History Books in China

“We heard they wanted Johnnie To to direct it,” he said, referring to the Hong Kong crime movie director.

In fact, the leading contender now is Li Shaohong, the woman who made “Baober in Love” and a recent TV series of the classic Chinese novel “Dream of Red Mansions.”

CF: Three Male Award-winners to Team up with Actress Yang Mi in Derek Yee’s New Film

Three heavyweight award-winning actors Lau Ching Wan, Nicholas Tse and Liu Kai Chi will team up with mainland actress Yang Mi, who will play an important role in this testerone-fueled project. Producer Yee revealed Nicholas Tse and Yang Mi will fall in love with each other in the film.

Set in a Shanghai arms factory during the Republic of China period of Chinese history, the film revolves around a series of strange murders that occur in the factory. A detective, portrayed by Lau Ching Wan and an officer played by Nicholas Tse thus start their dangerous quest for the truth.

CF: Breathtaking Scenes in the First Trailer for “Cold Steel”

Action-packed scenes including street fighting, explosions, gun battles and air bombardments were presented in the first trailer for the sniper-themed film “Cold Steel,” which is due for release on the 2nd of December.

CF: ”The Last Supper” Wraps up Shooting

Famed director Lu Chuan was seen giving every member of his production team a hug as the group celebrated the completion of filming for Lu’s latest war epic, “The Last Supper” on November 1

Lu Chuan directs Chang Chen (Sina)2

Director Patrick Leung, scriptwriter and producer Chan Khan along with cast members Yang Mi, Chiu Man Cheuk, Fan Siu-Wong, To Yu-Hang and Wang Xiao attended the event.

Yang, who wore a costume by Oscar-winning Japanese designer Emi Wada, said she would play a role of a young woman from an exotic land with high-level martial arts in the film.

Director Daniel Lee’s latest historical epic movie “White Vengeance” released a batch of still photos featuring actors in the run up of its release in November. The film recalls the banquet of Hongmen, a well-known event in 206 B.C. where warring general Xiang Yu was motivated to assassinate his rival Liu Bang.(Sina-gallery)

FBA: Guillotines cuts fine figure at AFM

Jimmy Wang Yu (Wu Xia) and Chinese pop singer Li Yuchun (Bodyguards and Assassins) recently joined the cast

FBA: Inseparable review

Chemistry between Kevin Spacey and Daniel Wu helps sustain a rather uneven Mephistophelian comedy.

Though suffering from noticeable hiccups, Lin’s truthful adaptation is likely to satisfy both Liao’s loyal readers and regular moviegoers.

ChinaPost: Starry Starry Night review

The movie You Are the Apple of My Eye is a real hit. It has racked up more than HK$30 million at the box office in the two weeks since its release.

CF: Independents Day

Indie film like “Shattered” is pushing boundaries while offering commercial promise.

CIFF is the most important event on China’s indie film circuit, drawing buyers and festival programmers from the US and Europe. It is also one of the few opportunities for independent filmmakers to show to large audiences.

Only films that have received the “dragon seal” after clearing the State Administration of Radio Film and Television approval process can normally be shown in commercial theaters, sold or broadcast on television. The approval process is both cumbersome and often entails compromise.

Craig, Bardem star in new Bond thriller ‘Skyfall’ - no mentions of any Chinese actress in the cast

Craig will be joined by Spanish star Javier Bardem as Bond’s nemisis, while British actors Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw will play as-yet-undisclosed roles.

Judi Dench returns as spy chief M and the film introduces two new Bond girls — English actress Naomie Harris as a field agent named Eve and French performer Berenice Marlohe as “a glamorous, enigmatic character” named Severine.

MSN: Daniel Craig wants double Bond bed

Alongside the double bed, Daniel’s list of requirements also includes a coffee machine with South American beans, two bodyguards, a masseuse, a trainer and access to a gym.

CF: Li Bingbing Covers L’ OFFICIEL Magazine

MSN: Did Cammi Tse lose her virginity to Edison Chen?

MSN: Selina Jen once contemplated suicide(CNA)

At the press conference for his new book Yong Ai Shou Hou (Staying by with love) yesterday, Selina’s father let on that his daughter would not be able to become pregnant in the next three years.

Tinglan was described at the time as an actress but she is not listed on the film database IMDB and there are no traceable records of her participating in any television or film projects

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November 1, 2011

November 1, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Village Roadshow Asia announces first titles

ZHANG Ziyi-starring My Lucky Star and Stephen CHOW-directed Journey To The West have been unveiled as the first two films to emerge from the new Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia company.

CRI: Xu Jinglei’s ‘Dear Enemy’ Eyes New Year Season

The inspiration behind “Dear Enemy” comes from Xu’s discontent with her previous piece “Go Lala Go!”, after she decided that she could do better in the genre of workplace romance…In order to ensure the quality of the film, Xu has cut out half of the commercials.

CF: Production on Chopstick Brothers’ New Project Wraps Up

The Chopstick Brothers, including Wang Taili and Xiao Yang, are an up-and-coming duo in the filmmaking industry. Normally, they fully participate in their films by writing scripts, directing, singing and acting by themselves. Their first musical flick “Memoirs of Male Geisha” launched online in 2007, caused a great sensation among netizens and made a name for the duo.

CF: Fan Bingbing Shows her Strong Side in her First Micro Film

CF: ’Lost in Panic Cruise’ Released New Promotional Posters

The company behind the movie, “Lost in Panic Cruise”, starring Alec Su and Yang Kun, recently released new promotional materials including posters that feature the depths of space. The blockbuster ‘Lost in Panic Cruise’ has already made 10 million yuan since its opening on October the 27th.

CF: New Trailer of “A Big Deal” Released

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg all made guest appearances

(Sina)

CF: Jin Sha to Star in “Lemon”

In reference to her involvement in the movie, Jin revealed that she is very excited, as she likes the director’s previous works, such as “Red River” and “The Road” which were considered arthouse films.

Poster for “Cold Steel”, opening Dec. 2

Tony Leung Ka-Fai costars with Song Jia, Peter Ho, Mickey He (Sina)

Raymond Yip’s “Blood Stained Shoes” opens early next year. The horror-thriller features Ruby Lin, Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok) and Kara Hui.

(Sina)

More posters for “Starry Starry Night” featuring Xu Jiao and Lin Huimin

(Sina)

Huang Xiaoming is described as looking like a werewolf in these stills for Andrew Lau’s “The Guillotines”.

He plays a mad man.

Huang Xiaoming

(Sina)

Sun Honglei and Duan Yihong play rivals for the heart of Li Bingbing in “Yes, I Do”

Sun Honglei, Duan Yihong

October 27, 2011

October 27, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: You Are the Apple of My Eye review

A bawdy, sentimental but still enjoyably Taiwanese coming-of-ager.

WSJ: Taiwan’s Hit ‘Apple’ Takes Off in Hong Kong

The popularity of this year’s biggest movie in Taiwan is spilling over into Hong Kong.

CF: Lead Actress of “Magic to Win” Makes Public Debut in Press Conference

The film tells the tale of a modern magic story, in which an ordinary girl accidentally obtains magical powers from her magician teacher. Consequently, she becomes embroiled in a magical world which is beyond her control.

CF: Gao Qunshu to Follow in the Footsteps of the Cohen Brothers

“Gao will start shooting the first movie of the franchise, ‘Detective Hunter Zhang’ in November. He will follow this up with a series of black comedies. We’re hoping that Gao can film two movies every year.”

CF: Still Shots Featuring Kimi Qiao in Film “A Big Deal” Released

FBA: Hot cast for Coldwar

CF: ”Cold War” Holds First Press Conference

During the event, Tony Leung revealed that the film begins with a police car under siege in the middle of a street. With the police station finding it difficult to cope with the crisis, everyone inside is under suspicion for being a mole.

The main investor behind the film, Edko Flim Limited, has claimed that the structure of the story is similar to that of “Infernal Affairs” in some ways, but claims that the film has incorporated a number of other elements including lots of car-chases and deadly explosions.

Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-Fai (Sina-gallery)

CF: Couple Joins Forces for a Third Time in New Thriller

The movie held its premiere ceremony yesterday in Beijing to celebrate the fact that this will be the first time that an Oxide Peng film has been screened on the mainland.

Angelica Lee

Angelica Lee Sinjie in Shanghai today for the opening of Oxide Pang’s “Sleepwalker in 3D”

Movie poster

Angelica Lee - movie stills

(Sina-gallery)2

Producer Yuan Xiaomin announced that Cecilia Cheung would attend the Beijing and Shanghai premieres of “The Legendary Amazons”.  Despite currently working on “Dangerous Liaisons” Cecilia readily agreed to appear.

(Sina)2

“Cold Steel” stills of tough guys Peter Ho Yun-Tung, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Mickey He and Guo Mingxiang. In the action film opening Dec. 2, Peter Ho portrays a young farmer who becomes a skilled sniper in the war against Japan. Song Jia, Angeles Woo, and Yu Rongguang are also in the cast

Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Peter Ho

Guo Mingxiang plays a Japanese sniper

Mickey He  (Sina-gallery)

Karen Mok in another guise for Jeff Lau’s East Meets West (Sina)

Director Tom Lin Shu-Yu

From today’s premiere of “Starry Starry Night” in Beijing

Xu Jiao

Rene Liu (Sina)

Photos from last night’s birthday banquet for Deborah Li at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Besides family, Susanna Kwan and her partner also attended the celebration.

Deborah’s 60th birthday

Andy On, Jennifer Tse

Jennifer and Nicholas with mother

Patrick Tse Yin

Quintus and Lucas

Quintus and dad (Sina-gallery)

Hong Kong’s Next magazine published a photo of 56 year-old Gordon Liu recently. The Hong Kong martial arts star suffered a stroke and was admitted to the hospital. His right side has hemiplegia, paralysis, and he is undergoing long term rehabilitation. To prevent identification, Liu wears a knit hat and mask.

Gordon Liu

(Sina)

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